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Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:40 AM

A new state law requires students in grade 12 to have a second vaccination against meningitis by the fifth day of school. For meningitis, students must receive their first immunization while entering seventh grade. 
Citizens Voice, Sept. 7, 2017
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Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:39 AM

A study by the Rand Corp. says that delaying school start times to 8:30 a.m. would have economic benefits that outweigh costs, such as the price of reorganizing bus schedules.
Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2017
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:29 AM

DACA & Dream Act

In light of President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA yesterday, NASSP sent out an action alert this morning urging members to contact their representatives and asking them to support the DREAM Act of 2017. Our support for this bill aligns with the recommendations in our position statement on Undocumented Students that was adopted in 2011. All NASSP members should have received the alert this morning, and you can find a direct link to the alert on the Principal’s Legislative Action Center (PLAC) below:

https://www.votervoice.net/NASSP/1/campaigns/54279/respond

We ask that you please participate in this alert and share it with other members in your state. The DREAM Act is the best bill that can be passed to ensure that these individuals have real and codified pathways to citizenship.

Title II

This is a big week for Title II funding as the House considers a minibus bill that combines all of the remaining appropriations bills that have not yet been considered. We know that at least two Democrats had planned to offer amendments on Title II, but because there were no offsets for the funding, they were ruled out of order. The Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up their bill this morning at 11 AM ET, and we should have information about the exact funding levels in the bill when the full committee marks up the bill tomorrow. Getting a good # in the Senate is our best chance to maintain any funding for the program in FY 2018.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in our Title II Day of Action on August 29! This alert will remain live on PLAC, so please continue to spread the word to your members. To date, we have had 255 individuals send 766 messages to their members of Congress. Our most active states are Missouri (64), New Jersey (35), Illinois (14), Pennsylvania (12), Minnesota (9), and Idaho (9).

 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:24 AM

The majority of school officials statewide who have decided to test for lead in recent years have been relieved to find few issues, in line with national evidence suggesting that lead risks in public schools aren't nearly as threatening as lead-related dangers identified in the likes of greater Pittsburgh's aging homes.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 2, 2017.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:22 AM

A just-released study of state laws and policies on secondary school sports found that all states could do more to keep high school athletes safe. And some have a long way to go.
Source: Allentown Morning Call, Sept. 5, 2017.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:21 AM

What's the point of public school? To foster academic and critical thinking skills? To prepare students for the workforce? A long-running national poll says a large majority of Americans are willing to sacrifice the former for the latter.
Source: WHYY Keystone Crossroads, Sept. 3, 2017.

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Friday, September 1, 2017 8:59 AM

By competing for students in Red Bank, the Red Bank Charter School has been accused of contributing to segregation of the Monmouth County borough’s traditional public schools, where 82% of students in the same grades are Hispanic, compared with 44% in the charter.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 31, 2017
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Friday, September 1, 2017 8:57 AM

Public schools in Pennsylvania are free to require their students wear uniforms, but they don't have the same authority when it comes to controlling students' hair style and color, according to state law.
Public Opinion, Aug. 30, 2017
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Friday, September 1, 2017 8:55 AM

A group of rank-and-file House Republicans charged up Pennsylvania's Capitol Hill Tuesday with a plan to use a litany of special fund transfers to deal with the state's $2.2 billion budget hole. Will they get enough soldiers to follow them?
PennLive.com, Aug. 30, 2017
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Thursday, August 31, 2017 10:03 AM

It is a pleasure and honor to introduce myself to you as the new Diversity-At Large Board Member for the Pennsylvania Principals Association. My initial goals are to listen to and learn from you and all our stakeholders so we can identify our priorities as educational leaders regarding diversity issues.  

I have been a proud public school educator since 1996 and have been fortunate to have worked with inspiring students, teachers, and administrators in New York and Pennsylvania as an ESL and social studies teacher, middle school principal, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, and university adjunct instructor. I care deeply about education and hope to support you and your important work however I can.

Since one of my areas of interest is ESL, I have been trying to keep up with all the changes ESSA made to ESL terminology. In an attempt to make sense of all these changes, I put together this summary and illustration. I am sharing the document with you in case you may find it useful.

I look forward to meeting many of you in person at our state conference in October. If you have any concerns or suggestions in the meantime, I encourage you to contact me so I can try to better represent you within our organization.     

I wish you all a wonderful and productive school year.  

Best regards,

Eduardo L. Antonetti
Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
Mid Valley School District
antonettie@mvsd.us
(570) 307-2128
(570) 307-1116 (fax)

 
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